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Learning Reimagined: A Conversation with Today's Education Experts

Learning Reimagined: A Conversation with Today's Education Experts

By Allison Dampier and Sandy Gamba
Sandy Gamba and Allison Dampier, education leaders with over 45 years of collective experience under their heels, lead conversations with fellow education experts, tackling current trends, challenges and issues facing students, parents and fellow educators in today’s learning environment.
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Creating Structure: How to Make the Most of This Summer, with Claudia Schwarz
In this episode, we welcome back family and marriage therapist, Claudia Schwarz, to the show. We discuss making the most of summer, communication with your kids, mental health struggles, and much more. See below for a complete list of topics covered in this episode and tune in to hear more! Key Topics Covered in This Episode: Why this past school year was so difficult for many How to make the most of this summer Helping kids navigate devices and social media Ideas to keep kids busy during summer Preparing your kids for life’s challenges Keeping communication with your kids How to help our kids’ anxiety The violence and mental health issues affecting young people How parents can help teachers Being engaged with your family Will the pandemic “scar” our students? How Claudia finds balance Looking to be on the show or know an expert who’d make a great guest in 2022? Send us a DM on our Instagram! (Linked below) Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram Allison’s Instagram Sandy’s Instagram AdvantagesDLS Instagram
58:38
June 13, 2022
E31 Students & Teachers Mental Health, Charter Schools, and Teacher Burnout, with Karen Villalobos
In this episode, we welcome superintendent and principal, Karen Villalobos to the show. We discuss the recent events around violence in school, supporting our students, charter schools, teacher burnout, and much more. See below for a complete list of topics covered in this episode and tune in to hear more! Key Topics Covered in This Episode: The horrific shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and its effects on schools nationwide Supporting school staff and students through anxiety and trauma Breaking down how charter schools work Difference between a public school and a charter school How they’re implementing mental health care into charter schools Managing teacher burnout Why community is important in education How she balances being a superintendent and a principal Why education leaders shouldn’t be forced to handle the business aspect The biggest challenges Karen and her staff have faced recently How Karen fills herself up and takes care of herself Looking to be on the show or know an expert who’d make a great guest in 2022? Send us a DM on our Instagram! (Linked below) Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram Allison’s Instagram Sandy’s Instagram AdvantagesDLS Instagram
52:31
May 30, 2022
E30 Connecting The Mundane to The Meaningful | with Alex Judd, Founder of Path for Growth
“Just because you’re growing doesn’t mean you’re living.” - Alex Judd In this episode, we welcome entrepreneur and athlete, Alex Judd to the show. We discuss his company, how his faith defines his life, what healthy growth looks like, how to connect the mundane to the meaningful, what real self-improvement is, and much more. See below for a complete list of topics covered in this episode and tune in to hear more! Key Topics Covered in This Episode: Alex’s background and credentials How he got a job as a podcast host with Dave Ramsey His own company, Path for Growth, and how it started What it means to “practice healthy growth” Connecting the mundane to the meaningful Keeping your expectations in check Serving through strength Alex asks Allison & Sandy how do teachers keep up such a heavy output as they pour into their students The difference between self-improvement and “selfish improvement” Ideas for how we can help develop leadership in our youth How consistency compounds Good manners and why they matter Talking about what you are FOR, instead of what you are against How to see the world accurately but also hopefully How Alex fills himself up and where he finds his motivation Connect with Alex: Alex’s Instagram Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram Allison’s Instagram Sandy’s Instagram AdvantagesDLS Instagram
53:34
May 16, 2022
E29 Teacher Panel: Discussing Violence in Schools, Standardized Testing, Teacher Resignations, and How to Help Our Students Feel Heard
In this episode, we welcome back our incredible teacher panel to share with us their thoughts on recent events in education. We discuss teachers & students not feeling safe in school, recent mass resignations of teachers, standardized testing, lifting of the mask mandate, and much more. See below for a full list of topics covered in this episode and tune in to hear more! Key Topics Covered in This Episode: Teacher fears of not feeling safe in their classrooms due to the rise of assaults and violence in schools Why our students need to feel seen & heard + how to help them feel safe The struggle of recent mass teacher resignations and how this affects our schools How can we recruit more teachers? Standardized testing and the recent resistance from teachers, parents, and students Why standardized testing should not be a measure of effectiveness as a teacher The lifting of the mask mandate in schools and the reaction it has brought What each panel member is doing to take care of themselves Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram Allison’s Instagram Sandy’s Instagram AdvantagesDLS Instagram
49:36
May 02, 2022
E28 How to Know Your Purpose and Help Your Student Find Theirs, with Adriana Arevelo, 10-time Emmy Winner and CTE Expert
In this episode, we chat with 10-time Emmy winner, CTE Expert, and broadcasting phenom Adriana Arevelo! We discuss what CTE learning is and how to know whether or not it’s for your student, how she won 10 Emmys, why college may not be for everyone, and much more. See below for a full list of topics covered in this episode and tune in to hear more! Key Topics Covered in This Episode: Adriana’s background and credentials Her work as a news correspondent and broadcasting How journalism has led her to teaching Breaking down her CTE school, S.L.A.M. (Sports, Leadership, And Management) Why college may not be for everyone What are CTE’s and how to know if they are the right fit for your student How she became a 10-time Emmy Award winner and the stories behind them The importance of knowing your purpose What she plans to accomplish over the next few years The major differences in the education system between Columbia and the United States The importance of being informed of all education options for your students Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram Allison’s Instagram Sandy’s Instagram AdvantagesDLS Instagram
41:50
April 18, 2022
E27 How to Keep Your Students Motivated and Cultivate a “Bighorn Attitude”, with Ken Cervantes
“Make your school a better place than it was when you started.” - Ken Cervantes In this episode, we chat with local legend Ken Cervantes! We discuss lessons in leadership, how to keep students motivated, advice to young administrators/teachers, and much more. See below for a full list of topics covered in this episode and tune in to hear more! Key Topics Covered in This Episode: Ken’s credentials and background How he knew he wanted to work with middle schoolers Being a leader and how he incited enthusiasm with his staff Advice for other leaders and resources to help Lessons on leadership he teaches his students How to motivate your students The ways Ken lives out the “Bighorn Attitude” in his day-to-day life His thoughts on the current trajectory of the education system Advice to young administrators and teachers, especially those contemplating their futures after covid The best piece of advice he has ever received What fills Ken’s cup and keeps him going when things get tough Looking to be on the show or know an expert who’d make a great guest in 2022? Send us a DM on our Instagram! (Linked below) Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram Allison’s Instagram Sandy’s Instagram AdvantagesDLS Instagram
44:54
March 28, 2022
E26 Creating a Positive University Experience Through Student Admissions, with Dr. Steve Maples
In this episode, we chat with Dr. Steve Maples, the Director of Admissions at the University of Nevada, Reno. We discuss how/why he stays in touch with his students even after they’ve been admitted, the ambassador program at UNR and why it’s unique, the importance of a positive student experience during a tour, and much more. See below for a full list of topics covered in this episode and tune in to hear more! Key Topics Covered in This Episode: Steve’s background and credentials as the Director of Admissions at UNR How he stays in touch with the students once they are admitted Why it’s important to connect with the students and parents How his experience with his own daughter changed his perspective on admissions A concern with the challenges students are facing today Steve’s ambassador program and how it’s unique The difference between a parent experience and a student experience on a campus tour How to keep a high retention rate at a university The differences now that covid restrictions are being lifted How to pivot in your degree/career path Staying current with the trends & communicating with students What Steve does to keep a work-life balance Defining true success Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram Allison’s Instagram Sandy’s Instagram AdvantagesDLS Instagram
55:02
March 14, 2022
E25 How to Help Your Students Succeed with Aimee Buckley, CEO of Study Help Inc.
“Why do we do what we do? It’s because we love these kids and we want to see them grow up to be successful.” - Aimee Buckley In this episode, we chat with Aimee Buckley, who is the founder of Study Help Inc. and a veteran public school teacher. We discuss how she started Study Help and the challenges she had to overcome, how to support your students even when it gets tough, resources to help, and much more. See below for a full list of topics covered in this episode and tune in to hear more! Key Topics Covered in This Episode: Introducing Aimee and her credentials Her online tutoring platform and how she overcame the challenges in starting it Celebrating female-owned companies Breaking down IEP’s Suggestions for how to maintain your passion as a teacher, even when it gets hard How, as a parent, you can help your student(s) succeed academically The importance of controlling your emotions with your student(s) How to use other parents as a positive resource Special needs education & what parents need to know What fills Aimee’s cup and how she energizes herself Looking to be on the show or know an expert who’d make a great guest in 2022? Send us a DM on our Instagram! (Linked below) Connect with Aimee: Study Help Inc. Website Study Help Instagram Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram Allison’s Instagram Sandy’s Instagram AdvantagesDLS Instagram
32:41
February 28, 2022
E24 Living Intentionally Inside and Outside of the Classroom, with Dr. Kim Nehls
Living life with a sense of intentionality is so important for us and our students. In this episode, we chat with Dr. Kim Nehls about how to live intentionally ourselves, how to be intentional with our kids and in the classroom, the importance of disruption and challenging stereotypes, and much more. See below for a full list of topics covered in this episode and tune in to hear more! Key Topics Covered in This Episode: Background on Kim, her experience at UNLV, and her credentials The importance of feeling heard by and being connected with other people How to be intentional about creating community + how Kim does it in her classes The value found in challenging stereotypes and including representation/diversity in the classroom How Kim teaches her own kids to live intentionally + their experience traveling as a family The importance of discussing who is making a difference and being “disruptors” Teenager’s important need to belong Where Kim pulls her energy from and the importance of knowing your purpose What Kim does for self-care and her mental health Looking to be on the show or know an expert who’d make a great guest in 2022? Send us a DM on our Instagram! (Linked below) Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram Allison’s Instagram Sandy’s Instagram AdvantagesDLS Instagram
49:10
February 14, 2022
E23 Keeping it Positive Through the Pandemic, with Dr. Anthony Collatos
Over the past two years, our world’s had a large focus on negativity, but what about the positives that have come from all the change? In this episode, we chat with Dr. Anthony Collatos about how the pandemic has helped learning technology, tips to help students, teacher compensation, and much more. See below for a full list of topics covered in this episode and tune in to hear more! Key Topics Covered in This Episode: Introducing Dr. Anthony and chatting about who he is/what he does How the pandemic has helped learning technology Tips to help our students pivot with all the changes over the past couple of years How the pandemic will likely influence a new generation of teachers The ways in which school districts are handling social and emotional wellness Discussing teacher compensation Parent’s role through the pandemic and the positive side through it all Looking to be on the show or know an expert who’d make a great guest in 2022? Send us a DM on our Instagram! (Linked below) Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram Allison’s Instagram Sandy’s Instagram AdvantagesDLS Instagram
40:41
January 31, 2022
E22 Teacher Panel; Discussing Goal Setting, Self-Care, and Omicron’s Current Effect on School Districts
We’re kicking the new year off strong as we welcome our teacher panel back to the show! In this episode, we catch up with our panelists, chat about the effects of Omicron on the return to school, goal setting for the new year, and much more. See below for a full list of topics covered in this episode and tune in to hear from our panel of experts! Key Topics Covered in This Episode: Catching-up with our panel and discussing their plans for 2022 How the latest COVID variant has affected the return to school and staffing issues Breaking down goal-setting and asking the panel their goals for the new year The individual things the panelists do to take care of themselves Why it’s important to celebrate our students when they achieve a goal Asking the panelists what they are going to do for themselves Looking to be on the show or know an expert who’d make a great guest in 2022? Send us a DM on our Instagram! (Linked below) Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram Allison’s Instagram Sandy’s Instagram AdvantagesDLS Instagram
44:16
January 17, 2022
E21 The Journey of Starting this Podcast and Our Vision for 2022
What a year! As our students (and all the parents & teachers out there!) are recovering from the effects of the pandemic, we decided to start this podcast earlier this year as a way to provide a resource for parents, teachers, and students alike. Now, as we are 21 episodes in and at the end of the year, it is time to reflect back on our journey with both this podcast and our own personal goals over the course of 2021! In this episode, we recap our favorite conversations and takeaways from 2021, chat about our vision for 2022, and break down the importance of goal setting and how to follow through on your goals in the new year. See below for a full list of topics covered in this episode and tune in to hear more! Key Topics Covered in This Episode: Reflecting back on the incredible discussions we were able to have this past year and breaking down our first year as a podcast Favorite conversations and takeaways from this past year Revisiting past episodes around mental health, teen suicide, bullying, etc. and how they relate to today’s students (and parents) Discussing our new goals for 2022 and how we plan to be more present and connect with our audience (you!!) The importance of goal setting and how it helped us in so many ways in 2021 Personal goals vs professional goals; the difference and why you should set both! Some sneak peeks at 2022; guests/topics we are planning, our roadmap, etc. Thank you for listening!! Looking to be on the show or know an expert who’d make a great guest in 2022? Send us a DM on our Instagram! (Linked below) Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram Allison’s Instagram Sandy’s Instagram AdvantagesDLS Instagram
26:54
December 20, 2021
E20 The Holidays Reimagined; How to Help Your Kids (And Yourself!) During this Winter Break and Beyond
The holiday season is upon us! As your children are planning to spend a couple of weeks at home over the holidays, how can you keep them entertained and engaged without hours of video games and mindless Netflix binging?? Today we are joined by expert Carol Alvarez, who breaks down for us how we can help our kids have the most positive experiences during this break and beyond. In this episode, we discuss managing the pressure put on parents during this time, how to give your child a well-balanced and structured day, keeping your kids learning new skills, and a practical idea to manage your children’s spare time using clothespins! See below for a full list of topics covered in this episode with Carol and tune in to hear more! Key Topics Covered in This Episode: Asking Carol what we can be looking for this holiday season and how to help our kids during this season Managing the pressure of the kids always being home during the holidays How to give your children the structure of a well-balanced day that gives them consistency and ownership over their own day The benefits of virtual learning for kids during the holidays and practical resources for it including virtual field trips, cooking classes, and more! Using scheduled online Zoom calls with your student’s friends How to help your babysitters/nannies that are with your children The importance of self-reflection and consistency Looking to be on the show or know an expert who’d make a great guest? Send us a DM on our Instagram! (Linked below) Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram Allison’s Instagram Sandy’s Instagram AdvantagesDLS Instagram
49:22
December 06, 2021
E19 Keeping an Attitude of Gratitude; Tips & Tricks to End the Year on a Positive Note
Being optimistic and grateful hasn’t always been easy over the past couple of years, however, we know it’s up to us to make that change in our own lives! This week, Allison and Sandy chat about how they have both worked to stay grateful and offer practical tips for how you can encourage both yourself and your family to stay grateful this holiday season. In addition, they also chat about trying new things, why you should say “yes” to more in your life, and so much more! See below for a full list of topics covered in this episode. Key Topics Covered in This Episode: The importance of gratitude, especially as we begin to return to normalcy How to remain optimistic and find joy every day Ideas for how to reflect on what you’re grateful for with your family Why it’s important to open up and break the communication barrier Compliments and how far they can go with others How and why to say “yes” to more in your life The importance of not being afraid to challenge yourself to try something new What Allison & Sandy are looking forward to in 2022 Tips for writing down goals and why you should do it Why you should send people cards/letters (yes, even in 2021!) and why it matters Resources Mentioned: Living With A Seal by Jesse Itzler Looking to be on the show or know an expert who’d make a great guest? Send us a DM on our Instagram! (Linked below👇🏼) Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram Allison’s Instagram Sandy’s Instagram AdvantagesDLS Instagram
36:22
November 22, 2021
E18 Breaking Down Bullying; How to Spot It, Prevent It, and Support Those Struggling With It
As we wrap up Bullying Awareness Month, we wanted to invite Megan Sladen Parent back to the show to share with us her tips on the topic of bullying in our schools. In this insightful episode, we chat about the difference between bullying and peer conflict and why you should know the difference, how to support your student as they go through conflict, and so much more. Regardless of whether you have children or not, this episode is full of tips to help you learn how to spot bullying and put a stop to it! Tune in to hear more from Megan and see below for a full list of topics covered. To listen to her first episode with Learning Reimagined, click here Key Topics Covered in This Episode: Defining the difference between bullying and peer conflict and why it’s so important to know the difference How to support your kids through conflict they may be facing Warning signs that your child may be a victim of bullying (or even a perpetrator) How role-playing a conflict situation with your kids can be extremely helpful to their discernment Practical tips for how parents can support their students going through peer conflict Why students should have an adult they can trust on campus How to explain to your kids the difference between peer conflict and bullying Resources for parents (linked below) Bullying Prevention Resources: https://www.pacer.org/bullying/ https://www.stopbullying.gov/ https://www.violencepreventionworks.org/public/olweus_bullying_prevention_program.page Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram Allison’s Instagram Sandy’s Instagram AdvantagesDLS Instagram
36:26
November 01, 2021
E17 Why Open Communication is Essential in Supporting Your Students, with Claudia Schwarz, LMFT
We’ve got our first, two-timer back on the show! In this episode, we welcome Claudia Schwarz who is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), back to the podcast to chat about how to handle the stresses involved in transitioning back to in-person school, the importance of open, honest communication with your kids, ways we can support teachers during this time, and more! Tune in to hear more from Claudia and see below for a full list of topics covered. To listen to her first episode with Learning Reimagined, click here Key Topics Covered in This Episode: How students/parents are handling stress in light of the return to in-person schooling The importance of not being a “helicopter parent” Why some parents are choosing to keep their students at home and how to make the best choice for their own wellbeing and learning Letting your kids make mistakes and showing them how to learn from it The importance of opening the door for honest communication between you and your kids Supporting your family through the anxiety caused by the pandemic and why you should seek support too How we can support our teachers during this time Overcoming the struggles of the transition from Zoom to in-person in regards to socializing, learning, etc. The challenges created for students and teachers when parents refuse for their child to comply with mandates such as masks How to “set the standard” for your kids Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram Allison’s Instagram Sandy’s Instagram AdvantagesDLS Instagram
56:06
October 18, 2021
E16 Teacher Panel; Back to School!
Your favorite teacher panel is back! In this episode, we welcome our panel back to chat about the return to in-person schooling since the start of the pandemic, the importance of staying positive for your students, and more! Tune in to learn something new from these amazing people and see below for a full list of topics covered. Key Topics Covered in This Episode: Introducing our new panelist, Carol Now that school is back in, the differences the panelists see in their students as they come back after COVID How teachers are having to play “catch up” after the pandemic Why teachers are your biggest resource for help and support Other helpful resources for parents of students The social regression as students head back to school Why it is crucial to be positive with our students & how to continue that positivity outside of school Resources Mentioned: Conquer Anxiety Workbook for Teens by Tabatha Chansard, PhD Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram Allison’s Instagram Sandy’s Instagram AdvantagesDLS Instagram
36:13
October 04, 2021
E15 Leading by Example: How to Be & Raise a Leader in Today’s World with Dean Katris
“The stronger the winds, the deeper the roots and the more beautiful the tree. Don’t take away their wind.” -Dean Katris A trainer of 22 years, Dean Katris is an expert in not only teaching leadership, but living it out himself everyday. In this episode, we chat with Dean about his passion for leadership, his involvement in the leadership program, U & Improved, and how you can raise your kids/students to be leaders in today’s world! Tune in to hear more from Dean and see below for a full list of topics covered. Key Topics Covered in This Episode: A little background on Dean and his title of “Master Trainer” What “U & Improved” is and how to get involved How Dean got on the path of leadership His typical client Dean’s advice for how to handle the negative implications of social media Why it’s GOOD for your kids to feel pressure His advice & resources for parents The issue of generational labeling (millennials, boomers, etc.) Resources Mentioned: “Yes, Your Teen is Crazy!: Loving Your Kid without Losing Your Mind” by Michael J. Bradley “Parenting with Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility” by Foster Cline and Jim Fay “Permission to Screw Up: How I Learned to Lead by Doing (Almost) Everything Wrong” by Kristen Hadeed and Simon Sinek Connect with the guest: U & Improved Instagram Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram Allison’s Instagram Sandy’s Instagram AdvantagesDLS Instagram
41:60
September 20, 2021
E14 How Parental Involvement Benefits YOUR Student with Traci Dean
“[Parent involvement] does have an impact and the kids need to know that the parents care.” - Traci Dean Your involvement in your student’s school is SO much more important than you might realize! In this episode, we chat with Traci Dean about the impact of parental involvement, the benefits kids reap from it, and SO much more! Tune in to hear more and see below for a full list of topics covered. Key Topics Covered in This Episode: A little background on Traci and who she is Her story of how she got involved in her kid’s school’s and useful tips on how you can get involved as a parent How the pandemic has affected parent involvement The benefits the students reap from having engaged parents Chatting with Traci’s daughter about her mom’s involvement How just showing up to the first meeting can change everything Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram Allison’s Instagram Sandy’s Instagram AdvantagesDLS Instagram
25:00
September 06, 2021
E13 How to Succeed and Stand Out as a Student Athlete with Coach Duane Broussard, NCAA Basketball Coach at Texas Christian University (TCU)
Today we are joined by TCU Assistant Basketball Coach, Duane Broussard. In this episode, we chat with Coach Duane about how to get noticed by recruiters (it’s not what you might think!), his thoughts and insight on player compensation, and SO much more! You do not want to miss this one! Tune in to hear more and see below for a full list of topics & resources covered. Key Topics Covered in This Episode: His story of getting started coaching, his love for basketball, and how he ended up at TCU How TCU and his department handles students success academically Balancing sports and academics for student athletes What recruiters really look for in athletes Should student athletes use recruiting services? How player image and likeness affected recruiting in regards to player compensation The potential highs and lows of player compensation Tips on how to get noticed by recruiters Breaking down sports scholarships Resources Mentioned: https://www.ncsasports.org/blog/2018/10/26/twitter-college-recruiting/ https://usatodayhss.com/2017/recruiting-column-the-effects-of-social-media-on-college-recruiting Connect with Duane: Twitter Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/learningreimaginedthepod/) Allison’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/allidampier/) Sandy’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sgamba29/) AdvantagesDLS Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/advantagesdls/)
51:52
August 23, 2021
E12 How to Love Reading Again with Amie Newberry
Reading is SO important, no matter your age! High School Librarian, Amie Newberry, joins us to talk with us all about the importance of diving into a good book, especially with the overstimulation in our culture. In this episode, we discuss how she helps her students find a love for reading, how COVID affected school libraries, and more! Tune in to learn more and see below for a full list of topics & resources covered. Key Topics Covered in This Episode: Amie’s love for helping others find their love for reading How technology has helped in school libraries Her favorite resources to help students The debate of audiobooks versus hard copies How COVID has affected school libraries Breaking down her own podcast, The Biggest Little Library Some of her book recommendations Resources Mentioned: https://comfyliving.net/reading-statistics Amie’s Podcast  Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/learningreimaginedthepod/) Allison’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/allidampier/) Sandy’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sgamba29/) AdvantagesDLS Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/advantagesdls/)
30:26
August 09, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENT: Summer Break!
We hope you're all having an amazing summer! We decided to record this mini-pod to let you know that we are taking a week off from regular episodes and to give you a sneak peak at what's coming up on Learning Reimagined. Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/learningreimaginedthepod/) Allison’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/allidampier/) Sandy’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sgamba29/) AdvantagesDLS Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/advantagesdls/)
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July 26, 2021
E11 Teacher Panel; Advice for Aspiring Teachers and How to Keep Going
Today we’re welcoming our teacher panel back to the show! In this episode, we discuss how they got into the education field, how to avoid burnout, advice for aspiring teachers, and more! Tune in to learn more and see below for a full list of topics covered. Key Topics Covered in This Episode: How the panel got into education Discussing the panel’s passion for teaching and education How to keep teachers motivated and to avoid burnout as an educator What keeps the teachers going on the hard days Advice for aspiring teachers Chatting about how the panel was prepared for teaching and what they would change Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/learningreimaginedthepod/) Allison’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/allidampier/) Sandy’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sgamba29/) AdvantagesDLS Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/advantagesdls/)
46:26
July 12, 2021
E10 Why Technology is Essential to Modern Learning with Mariam Purcell
Over the past year, we have seen education go digital in many ways. Mariam Purcell is an Ed Tech and she is here with us on the show today to discuss the many benefits of technology in education and why more teachers and parents should be embracing it. Tune in to learn more and see below for a full list of topics covered. Key Topics Covered in This Episode: Why Mariam left the public education space How recent events with the pandemic changed the online learning and homeschool space The benefits of online learning and how it can help students How we move forward after all the disruption caused by COVID in the education space The importance of teaching kids how to use technology and social media responsibly and in a healthy manner Useful resources and apps for students and parents Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/learningreimaginedthepod/) Allison’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/allidampier/) Sandy’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sgamba29/) AdvantagesDLS Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/advantagesdls/)
50:41
June 28, 2021
E9 Talking with Teachers; A Teacher Panel Discussing the Changes Caused by COVID and How We Move Forward
We’ve got a special episode for you today!! In this episode, we sit down with a panel of teachers and get the inside scoop on how the pandemic has affected education from their perspective, what the return to in-person schooling looks like, and so much more. This episode is full of positivity and sure to leave you feeling even more grateful for all our teachers out there! Key Topics Covered in This Episode: The panel introduces themselves and gives a little background How they are/have been preparing for students returning to in-person classes Breaking down the positive changes the pandemic has forced them to implement and which ones they will continue on with How teachers/students have been adjusting to returning to school Explaining how important the role of teachers is and how the pandemic has helped emphasize that importance Closing words and what the panel would say to administrators, parents, and students around the country Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/learningreimaginedthepod/) Allison’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/allidampier/) Sandy’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sgamba29/) AdvantagesDLS Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/advantagesdls/)
48:20
June 14, 2021
E8 How to Talk About Teen Suicide with Megan Sladen Parent
*Warning: This episode is about a very heavy topic. If you or a loved one is struggling with thoughts of suicide or emotional distress, please contact the National Suicide Hotline (1-800-273-8255) and seek professional help. You are worth it!* Suicide is a heavy topic, especially among parents, but it’s one our society does not address nearly enough. With the rise in depression and anxiety among teens, the suicide rates have sadly gone up as well. Today we are joined on the podcast by Megan Sladen Parent, as we chat about how to spot warning signs in your teens, how to talk about suicide with them, and so much more. About Megan: “Megan Sladen Parent began her education career in the late 90’s as a high school teacher. She spent 14 years as a classroom teacher and English Language Learner program coordinator. After earning a Master’s degree in school counseling, she began working in the Youth Development Office of a large Northern CA school district. She works with 6th-12th grade students who are using drugs, alcohol and tobacco as well as teaches workshops on mental health, bullying prevention, suicide prevention, substance use and other educational and social/emotional topics for students, staff and families.” **National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 Key Topics Covered in This Episode: Megan’s background and what she does Warning signs to look out for in teens The positive and negative sides of technology in young people Resources for parents and students Debunking the myth of talking to young people about suicide and how important it is to talk about it with them How to talk to young people about the topic of suicide Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/learningreimaginedthepod/) Allison’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/allidampier/) Sandy’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sgamba29/) AdvantagesDLS Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/advantagesdls/)
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May 31, 2021
E7 The Advantages to Digital Learning with Jen Tynan
Just about everyone has had involvement in some form of digital learning in the past year, however, many seem to question it’s effectiveness due to the lack of preparedness in the school districts. There’s good news though! Jen Tynan with Advantages Digital Learning Solutions is here on the show this week to chat with us about how ADLS is working to improve the digital learning experience for both students and parents. Tune in to hear more about what ADLS offers and so much more in this episode with Jen. Key Topics Covered in This Episode: Who Jen is and what she does The effects of COVID on enrollment The current parent involvement in online learning Breaking down the available tools to help students bridge the gap The importance of scheduling and giving your kids/students structure How to monitor your students progress with Advantages DLS The credit recovery options that Advantages DLS offers to students The two diploma tracks that they offer Connect with Jen Jen’s Instagram Jen’s LinkedIn Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/learningreimaginedthepod/) Allison’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/allidampier/) Sandy’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sgamba29/) AdvantagesDLS Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/advantagesdls/)
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May 17, 2021
E6 Beating the Blah; Tips for Better Mental Health During the Pandemic with Ryan Federoff
Been feeling a bit “blah” over the past several months? You’re not alone! We’re joined on the podcast this week by Ryan Federoff from Newport Academy, a residential treatment center and personal hospitalization program for teens 12-19 focusing on mental health. In this episode, we chat with Ryan about mental health in students, parents, and educators as we dive into how to overcome the feelings of languish, spotting red flags in your teens, and so much more. See below for a full list of key topics covered in this episode with Ryan. Key Topics Covered in This Episode: Addressing how the pandemic and everything going on in the world has affected young people’s mental health Ryan’s recommendations on how to help our students during these times Dealing with the “languishing” feelings and a lack of motivation How to set your kids up for success over summer break What are the red flags to look for as parents and/or educators? What to do if you notice red flags with your teen The importance of setting boundaries and resetting your family The harmful effects of social media on teenagers Ryan’s big takeaway piece of advice for listeners Resources NYT Article on languishing (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/19/well/mind/covid-mental-health-languishing.html) Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/learningreimaginedthepod/) Allison’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/allidampier/) Sandy’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sgamba29/) AdvantagesDLS Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/advantagesdls/)
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May 03, 2021
E5 Advice From a Therapist on Overcoming the Struggles of the Pandemic with Claudia Schwarz
This past year has been a tough one... The COVID-19 pandemic brought about its share of challenges that has left us feeling lost on how to overcome them. Thankfully, family & marriage therapist, Claudia Schwarz, joins us on this week’s episode of the Learning Reimagined Podcast to share with us some advice for both parents and their students on how to break through these challenges that the past year has brought. Tune in to hear more! Key Topics Covered in This Episode: Constructional steps we can take to guide students and families in the midst of the pandemic Managing the fear of another lockdown in the U.S. especially for upcoming seniors Discussing the long-term effects of COVID on students The areas where parents should be stepping in and how to help get kids out of isolation How to break kids from social media addiction Managing behavior difficulties at home Words of advice to seniors, upcoming seniors, and parents of seniors How to help students get their drive back The importance of checking-in on your kids Anxiety and depression in today’s kids Resources Time Article: The Lost Year Connect with Claudia Claudia’s Instagram  J. Flowers Instagram Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/learningreimaginedthepod/) Allison’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/allidampier/) Sandy’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sgamba29/) AdvantagesDLS Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/advantagesdls/)
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April 19, 2021
E4 The Benefits of Micro-Schooling with David Benoit
So, what is micro-schooling anyways? David Benoit joins us on this week’s episode of the Learning Reimagined Podcast to break it down for us and share his thoughts as we chat about what micro-schooling is, the benefits of it, and why he thinks it’s good for students to move at their own pace. Tune in to hear more! Key Topics Covered in This Episode: Defining what micro-schools are and how/why they were formed Comparing micro-schooling to traditional education and the benefits found there Dave’s thoughts on the future trends of micro-schooling and where it will go from here The top benefits on the micro-schooling environment Technology’s role in micro-schooling and the benefits of it How families can embrace the finances needed Managing work-life and homeschool life and how micro-schools can help Is micro-schooling risky? What about transcripts and records? How to go about getting involved in micro-schooling and/or starting one The benefits of micro-schooling for student-athletes Breaking down the cost of micro-schooling Dave’s key takeaways on micro-schooling Connect with David David’s Email: dcbenoit38@gmail.com Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/learningreimaginedthepod/) Allison’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/allidampier/) Sandy’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sgamba29/) AdvantagesDLS Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/advantagesdls/)
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April 05, 2021
E3 A Teacher's Perspective on the Impact of COVID-19 and Distanced Learning with Lynn Locke
Today’s students find themselves in a variety of mixed learning environments amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes have not only had a large impact on the students but on the teachers as well. In this episode of Learning Reimagined, we are joined by Lynn Locke, a teacher based out of California who has 24 years of teaching experience. We cover a lot of ground in this episode as we cover topics from a teacher’s perspective on the pandemic and distance learning, how to stay positive during these times, and so much more. Tune in to hear more and see below for a full list of topics covered in this episode with Lynn Locke. Key Topics Covered in This Episode: The difficulties that have come with teaching over the past year and the disappointments throughout it all Thoughts on when kids might be going back to school and teachers going back to work How Lynn feels about sending her kids back to school from a parents perspective Breaking down the life of being a parent and a teacher during the pandemic Recommendations for parents gearing up to send their kids back to school How to keep a positive mindset and deal with the “bad days” even in the midst of everything The importance of going straight to the teacher and communicating concerns with them first before going to the administration Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/learningreimaginedthepod/) Allison’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/allidampier/) Sandy’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sgamba29/) AdvantagesDLS Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/advantagesdls/)
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March 22, 2021
E2 No Student Left Behind; How COVID-19 has Impacted Education and How to Make the Most of It
In this week’s episode, Allison and Sandy discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the education space and the impact it has had on students everywhere. They also share how it has personally affected them and their families and the ways they are working to make the most of the circumstances. Tune in to learn more about how to care for students during these times and how to make sure no student is left behind. Key Topics Covered in This Episode: - How COVID has impacted the education space - Sandy’s personal experience with her son who is a senior in high school during COVID - How COVID has impacted standardized testing and how Sandy and Allison are navigating it with their kids - The effects of COVID on sports, specifically with those counting on sports scholarships - The ways kids are having to manage with missing out on their senior years and living in isolation - How to encourage your student(s) through these times - How the grading system changed and left students unprepared and unmotivated - The benefits of dual-enrollment education - How COVID has affected elementary education - How to be an advocate for your kid(s) during these times - Tips for parents during COVID Resources Mentioned Khan Academy  Connect with the hosts: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/learningreimaginedthepod/) Allison’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/allidampier/) Sandy’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sgamba29/) AdvantagesDLS Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/advantagesdls/)
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March 08, 2021
E1 Our Mission Behind This Podcast and What to Expect
Hey there and welcome to the Learning Reimagined Podcast: A Conversation with Today’s Education Experts, hosted by Allison Dampier and Sandy Gamba. In this episode of the podcast, we chat about why we decided to start this podcast, as well as what you can expect from us going forward. Tune in and learn how you can start reimagining education. Key Topics Covered in This Episode: Introduction to the podcast and explaining our mission How Sandy became invested in the education space Allison’s story involving her education experience Allison’s experience working with a divided community Allison’s experience in building education programs The struggles Allison faced due to the limitations put on educators by the education system How Allison and Sandy met and decided to create their own online school How the COVID-19 pandemic has affected education More on the plans for the Learning Reimagined Podcast Connect with Allison and Sandy: Learning Reimagined Podcast Instagram Allison’s Instagram Sandy’s Instagram AdvantagesDLS Instagram
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February 22, 2021